August Bridging Serve Opportunities
Well, the ‘dog days of summer’ are certainly upon us. August brings excitement for children in back to school shopping, preparing for a new school year, and anxious anticipation about the new teachers they will have as well as the new friends they will meet. Parents look forward to getting back on some sort of schedule after the somewhat lazy days of summer. Teachers look forward to setting up their classrooms, setting goals for the school year, and meeting their new students. Although there are mixed emotions about a new school year for students, parents, and teachers, anxiety and fear can also take hold. This is especially true for families that are experiencing financial trials, unemployment, and still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Harvey. This can also be a tough time for children and teens in our area that are part of the foster care system who don’t have the parental guidance, support, and encouragement that makes school and education a priority. So, what can you do?
There are several opportunities to get involved with your time and your gifts this school year with our ministry partners: Bridging For Tomorrow, the Klein ISD Foster Care Program, and the Hearts with Hope Foundation, which are two group homes for students in foster care in our area. We will be hosting a Back to School Shopping Spree for several group homes in our area this Thursday, August 2 along with Mae’s Closet. Thanks for all of you who donated clothing and sorted donations, and those helping to set up and serve during the event. This year our Back to School Drive includes two opportunities. Bridging For Tomorrow will be collecting NEW shoes for kids of all ages, and our Orphan Care Ministry will be collecting backpacks/school supplies for kids in foster care. Stop by the Bridging Center in the West Atrium for details.
We encourage you to also get involved in serving students with your time this year! It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, there is a place for you to serve. Check out the opportunities to serve students at Bridging For Tomorrow by becoming a mentor, reading with kids, or help in their after-school clubs. The Klein ISD Foster Program has an urgent need for Surrogate Parent/Educational Advocates for the over 300 KISD students in foster care. This opportunity allows you to be the “educational parent” for a student without a legal parent. There is no financial responsibility, only helping to make educational decisions for these students. A two-hour training is provided. This is a great opportunity for adults of all ages. The impact you will have on the life of a foster student is priceless. There are also opportunities to mentor, tutor, and/or teach life skills by getting involved with foster students residing at the Hearts With Hope Group Homes in our area. Stop by the Bridging Center on Sundays for more information or contact .
Thanks for stepping outside the walls of Faithbridge by being the hands and feet of Jesus to bring hope to those in need of God’s love. Your time and effort in providing for the needs of others brings JOY to our Lord for caring for His most precious children.
- August 1: (Wednesday, 9am-4pm) Help set up Back to School Shopping Spree at Faithbridge for foster students living in group homes in our area. This will serve close to 100 students. Spree is following day. Setting up all day in the east atrium from 9am-4pm. Come serve for a couple of hours or the entire day.
- August 2: (Thursday, 9am-5pm) Help with Back to School Shopping Spree at Faithbridge for foster students. Help needed to keep areas organized and restocked as well as help kids shop. Volunteers needed from 9am-5pm. Let us know the time frame that works for you. Shifts available all day.
- August 4: (Saturday, 9-11am) Klein ISD Surrogate Parent/Educational Advocate for students in Foster Care Training at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center, 7500 FM2920.
- August 5: (Sunday) Foodshare Sunday: bring non-perishable food items to share with local pantries
- August 7: (Tuesday) Help transport groceries to Northwest Assistance Ministries and Spring Woodlands Ministries.
- August 11: (Saturday, 9-11am) Soul Safari Homeless Outreach. Provide prayer, fellowship, basic needs to homeless and underserved folks at the SWcorner of FM1960 @ Kuykendahl, look for zebra bus.
- August 11: (Saturday, 10-11:30am) Willowbrook Residential/Rehabilitation Center Senior Citizen Serve. Come visit with those in assisted living area. Family friendly serve.
- August 14: (Tuesday, 6:30-8pm) Northvale Village Retirement Center Potluck Dinner/Bingo Night. Come fellowship with residents, play bingo and bring a snack to share. Family friendly serve.
- August 17: (Friday, 9am-4pm): NAM Food Pantry Sort and assists clients with groceries. Come for a couple of hours, work mornings or afternoons, or stay all day with the Faithbridge team.
- August 18: (Saturday, 9:15-11am): NAM Meals on Wheels. Deliver groceries or frozen foods to seniors and handicapped folks in the NW Houston/Tomball area.
- August 19: (Sunday) Deliver Backpacks and supplies to group homes in our area Sunday afternoon
- August 26: (Sunday, 2:30-5:30pm) Mission of Yahweh Fellowship and early dinner serve.
- August 28: (Tuesday, 11am-1pm) Klein ISD Surrogate Parent/Educational Advocate for students in Foster Care Training at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center, 7500 FM2920.
- August 28: (Tuesday, 11:30am-1:30pm) Spring Woodlands Ministries Senior Afternoon Out. Bring a dish, serve, and fellowship with senior citizens.
BACK TO SCHOOL GIVING OPPORTUNITIES
- Bridging For Tomorrow: New school shoes for children in need
- Orphan Care Ministries: Backpacks and school supplies for students in foster care in our area.
STOP BY BRIDGING CENTER IN THE WEST ATRIUM FOR MORE INFORMATION!
Flexible Serve Opportunities
- Kids’ Meals (Meals on Wheels for Preschool Children): Interested in a serve opportunity this summer with your kids? This non-profit organization located in the Garden Oaks area off N. Shepherd Dr. is always in need of kitchen helpers to make sandwiches and pack lunches that are delivered to low-income preschoolers M-F in the Houston area. Kitchen helpers are needed M-F, 9am-12noon and kids 8+ can serve with their parents. Get a group of friends, family, neighbors, or small group together to participate in this fun serve opportunity. Click here to see dates available and sign up as a family or as a group.
- Visiting Seniors: if you have the heart to reach out to the elderly in assisted living and nursing homes in our area then this serve opportunity is for you. Create your own flexible schedule to be a regular visitor to senior citizens or join the Wednesday afternoon Faithbridge team to visit and pray with seniors in facilities nearby. This is a wonderful kid friendly serve opportunity as well. Contact Dinah Prosperi for details
- Hope Center: Day shelter for the homeless population along the Cypress Creek Pkwy needs volunteers to serve in a variety of ways. Shifts available. Serve once a month or weekly. Check out their website for more information. https://www.1960hopecenter.com/
- Senior Rides and More: Senior Rides and More of Northwest Houston volunteers use their own cars and gas to take care receivers to doctors or clinics, go grocery shopping or to food banks, pick up prescriptions or accomplish other transportation-dependent errands. Volunteers pick the days and times they are available to help the elderly with transportation. Volunteers complete a short one hour training and pick days and times to serve according to their own schedules. For more details, contact or visit their website www.seniorridesandmore.org.